Buying a baby royal.
Main causes for them not to
feed IMO are:
Too much time in between
being offered food.
Too much handling at first.
Tempertures are wrong.
When buying a new baby my
advice would be:
When you get home after
collecting them double check that your set up and ALL your TEMPS are suitable
for your new little one. If you want to take a few pics for the forums and
Facebook do that now. After that all handling to a MINIMUM. You want your baby
to settle down so leave them be, just a quick peak daily to make sure all is
ok. After 3-4 days offer food but still no handling unless you have to clean.
IMO babies that are left over 9-12 days without being offered food tend to go
off feeding for a while. The KEY is to get them FEEDING regularly THEN you can
slowly introduce them to being handled. Getting them feeding regularly is your
first priority and much more important than you handling your new baby no matter
how impatient you are.
Quarantining new additions.
If you already have
reptiles at home you will need to quarantine your new additions. Best way to do
this is a separate room. Now most people don't have this luxury to be able to
put new additions into separate rooms.
If you have to use the same
room you can still abide by quarantine procedures but you need to be very
strict with your method.
Treat with a mite spray
whether they have them or not plus the tub or bag they came in or throw them
Put new additions as far
away as you can from your resident reptiles.
Deal with the newbies last ie water,feeding or cleaning.
Disinfect tongs and other
equipment or buy a second set just to use on your new additions.
When handling make sure you
disinfect your hands in between handling each one and try not to let them go
onto your clothes.
Disinfect any area they've
Don't put them in or let
them touch your other snakes until the end of your quarantine period.
Quarantine period should
not be less than 3 months.